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A Stranger in Town

Published 1943

Visiting a small town in order to hunt ducks, supreme court judge Frank Morgan (the Wizard of Oz) discovers abuse of power by public servants.

Run time 66 minutes 52 seconds
Audio/Visual sound, black & white


Reviewer: katperrr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2014
Subject: Stranger
Loved it. The description sort of turned my off, but glad I chose to watch.
Reviewer: Deichbrand_1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 19, 2011
Subject: From a time when a judge was a respected person
I do not know, when you compare the judge and how they are preceived in this film with today, then this idealized version in 'A Stranger in Town' reveals a large gap. He is an authority and becomes an important figure towards the end. Could something of equal proporions really happen today? I do not think so.

Aside from this, the film is a nice watch and the characters are charming. Do not look too close at the story, because there are some considerable gaps and strange events, but it is entertaining alright.

The romance gives the impression of being a bit forced... maybe it had been a prerequisite for films of its era to contain such.
Reviewer: Brylcreem - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 17, 2011
Subject: Good Bit of Fun
This movie doesn't treat the legal issues very seriously, and one gets the feeling that the Supreme Court justice (Frank Morgan) doesn't either. A fun and lighthearted romp, I highly recommend it.
Reviewer: Kodachrome - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 16, 2011
Subject: Funny - entertaining - charming
I have always loved the 'underdog gets a leg up against evil' plot. It gets a bit corny, even silly at times, this is a charming, well acted bit of diversion.

Great story and superb players make for a wonderful time.

5 stars.
Reviewer: kareneliot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2011
Subject: That was GREAT!
I whole-heartedly enjoyed this very well acted film, and give it my highest recommendation.
Reviewer: picfixer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 23, 2011
Subject: Wizard of Oz & Dale Arden Fight City Hall! (Dorothy & Flash were out of town)
Frank Morgan as an incognito Supreme Court justice on a hunting trip, is sidetracked to help a young lawyer (Richard Carlson) fight a corrupt political machine. Jean Rogers gets in a few good licks as the judge's no-nonsense secretary. Lots of familiar faces fill out the cast. A bit of a legal fairytale, but if you suspend your powers of disbelief you'll have fun with this one. I did. Good print.
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